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Diet and Digestion

Digestive upsets

If your dog is suffering from a minor digestive upset, you must consult your vet.

 Spotting digestive upsets

  • Very hard stools.
  • Difficulty passing stools.
  • Brightly coloured stools.
  • Very smelly stools.
  • Mucous in the stool.
  • Excessive volume.

Dealing with digestive upsets

Ensure you keep your dog well hydrated and, if the problem persists, consult your nearest vet.

The importance of how you feed

In many cases, how much you feed is just as important as what you feed. Even on the best diets, if you feed too much, digestive problems can follow. To avoid any difficulties, always start by feeding the amount recommended on the bag.

Other causes

Diet isn’t the only cause of a digestive problem; it can also be stress-related. Puppies, in particular, might suffer some upsets when moving to a new home, and changing diet in these cases would exacerbate the problem. If you think stress might be the problem, try and find out what the cause is and remove the problem.


  1. Our GSP recently had an upset tummy with blocked anal glands due to the lack of fibre. The vet advised us to add things like oats or flaxmeal and it sorted him within a few days. Probiotics are great as well.

    • Hi Chane,I’m glad the dietary changes and probiotics helped resolve the issue for your GSP. Remember to maintain their balanced diet, and consulting your vet for personalised advice remains a good practice for their well-being.


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